Alchemists aimed to do things like creating elixirs of eternal life and turn base metals into gold and silver. Modern science and chemistry may have found these things to be impossible, but alchemy still shaped the foundations of our approach to chemistry today. For thousands the chemists of the world, and the alchemists before them, have worked to develop new concoctions for cosmetic beauty. Both Men and women in ancient Egypt wore makeup. A reason that everyone wore makeup in ancient Egypt was that they thought it helped protect them from the gods Ra and Horus. The minerals used to make this eye makeup may have even helped prevent common eye infections. In 1690, British parlaiment attempted to outlaw lipstick due to an association with witchcraft. Queen Elizabeth I, even believed that lipstick had healing powers & could ward off death.

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Carnival Season

The origins of Mardi Gras can be traced to medieval Europe, passing through Rome and Venice in the 17th and 18th centuries to the French House of the Bourbons. From here, the traditional revelry of "Boeuf Gras," or fatted calf, followed France to her colonies.

On March 2, 1699, French-Canadian explorer Jean Baptiste Le Moyne Sieur de Bienville arrived at a plot of ground 60 miles directly south of New Orleans, and named it "Pointe du Mardi Gras" when his men realized it was the eve of the festive holiday. Bienville also established "Fort Louis de la Louisiane" (which is now Mobile) in 1702. In 1703, the tiny settlement of Fort Louis de la Mobile celebrated America's very first Mardi Gras.

In 1704, Mobile established a secret society (Masque de la Mobile), similar to those that form our current Mardi Gras krewes. It lasted until 1709. In 1710, the "Boeuf Gras Society" was formed and paraded from 1711 through 1861. The procession was held with a huge bull's head pushed along on wheels by 16 men. Later, Rex would parade with an actual bull, draped in white and signaling the coming Lenten meat fast. This occurred on Fat Tuesday.